Necessity is the mother of invention. The father is unknown.
The following patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on May 2, 2006.

Cordless Jump Rope

patent#: US 7037243

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posted on 5/10/2006, patent issued on 5/2/2006

All of the jumping, none of the tripping! Double-dutch your legs off like a Harlem schoolgirl without the neighbors seeing!
Strawberry shortcake
Huckleberry pie
It's a patent on nothing, my, oh my!

"To use the invention, a user holds a handle in each hand, and begins to simulate jumping rope while moving the handles in a circle with their hands and arms. The weighted ball or gear simulates the centrifugal action of a jump rope, thus delivering all the health benefits of jumping rope without any of the disadvantages of stumbling on the rope, having the rope hit the ceiling or the like."

Cordless Jump Rope

Comments on Cordless Jump Rope

Daniel | Dec 5, 2008 6:01 AM
And you can just as easily jump up and down without holding something in your hands.

lizette | Dec 5, 2008 6:00 AM
Actually it is a good idea for jumping indoors or where you don't have space. Or when you have little kids around because they always get in the way.

geni | Dec 1, 2007 4:00 PM
whoa u r so cool it works

The person who invented this is a genius | Nov 2, 2006 5:00 AM
The people who buy it are idiots...

Taylor | Nov 1, 2006 5:01 PM
What the heck? This is stupid... you could always cut the handles off a regular jump rope... or you could stop being lazy and learn to jump! Gosh... the person who created this was an idiot. Don't buy this product... it's a peice of crap. I mean it doesn't take that long to learn.

Bob Parker | Dec 5, 2006 2:02 AM
I had one of these but I kept tripping....

Cnthia | Dec 5, 2006 2:02 AM
this is the best and it totally workkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkks:)

Cynthia | Dec 5, 2006 2:02 AM
i did the one below me but i did a misake on the cynthia soz:)

| Dec 3, 2006 1:00 AM
hello my name is brooke and i go to the idcs in norwich and i was wondring wht typ of people like to jump rope and what is ur coma tison like plzzzzzz answer at

somebody | Dec 3, 2006 1:00 AM
ROFL! "High-tech handles aren't needed. You could even use toilet paper holders, Ernst said. On second thought, he wondered if he could patent that idea." The most hillarious thing ever!!!

phil c | Nov 1, 2005 7:01 PM
yes but what about the real inventor who sweats out the patent procees for 3 years waitng to get a utillty patent and has a real machine or invention that worthy of a patent .it sad to see this

Guy | Dec 9, 2005 3:01 AM
A great I've been working on for several years. Mr. Clancy beat me to the patent punch! Good for you Mr. Clancy. It is not a stupid idea and has a lot of hidden value should you just open your mind.

John | Dec 8, 2005 2:00 AM
Cute. Sure it's a gimmick, but there are lots of gimmicks out there. If it helps you lose weight then why not? Sometimes people need to spend a few bucks on something before then are willing to commit. This product is pretty silly, but it might be just what a few people need to get themselves moving.

ben | Dec 7, 2005 4:00 PM
I worry about some of you people, seriously.

Need Exercise | Dec 7, 2005 11:01 AM
Okay, who has used this jumprope? If the cost was affordable, yes, I'd like to get one! For an apartment, this might motivate me to exercise in a small space especially in bad weather. No, I won't just jump up and down and this could keep my arms moving.

syril | Dec 7, 2005 10:01 AM
I just want to know whether this product is really useful to reduce one's weight? If yes, please mail me at

LES GARVER | Dec 7, 2005 8:01 AM

Tigereyes | Dec 7, 2005 12:00 AM
Am i drunk? I must be cos this is sillyer than a one legged man in an arse kicking competition!

Kevin | Dec 6, 2005 7:01 PM
This was invented for criminals in prison to stop them from hanging themselves.

akira firestorm | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 PM
Finally! I can't wait till they come out with the jumpless version.

cyberpunk | Dec 6, 2005 11:00 AM
sheez, lousy product, if you want to jump rope without the rope, then just jump in place (it's even free!) you really need the rope if you want to improve coordination. it's about the rhythm. how can you coordinate with something that doesn't exist in the first place? the inventor is just trying to make money from people dumb enough to see how ridiculous this product really is...

cyberpunk | Dec 6, 2005 11:00 AM
sheez, lousy product, if you want to jump rope without the rope, then just jump in place (it's even free!) you really need the rope if you want to improve coordination. it's about the rhythm. how can you coordinate with something that doesn't exist in the first place? the inventor is just trying to make money from people dumb enough to see how ridiculous this product really is...

JRoper | Dec 6, 2005 10:01 AM
Did you know a similar product has been marketed for at least a few years before this patent was registered so I am not sure about how this can be a " new " idea worth patenting for the Sport of Jump Rope and Fitness. Instead of using handles with bearings to create the centripetal forces of a normal cord, handles are attached to a short cord with a wiffle ball on the end and you have the same effects of conditioning for wrists and forearms that you would get with a normal jump rope ..... and of course you don't have to jump a cord. Nice try though !

Canuck Dave | Dec 6, 2005 10:01 AM
Not a new idea ............ sorry .... the practice was around before 1988 when children broke the cord of their rope and jumped anyway. Nonetheless, something for those with a serious passion for Jump Rope to add to their joke list to share at camp. I would not recommend the cordless jump rope for those wanting to practice ropes releases ....... your handle that you release will never come back ......... unless of course you use boomerang handles !

Chilla | Dec 6, 2005 8:00 AM
This inspired me to a new sport. Bungee jumping without rope

me | Dec 6, 2005 7:02 AM
My penis hurts.

RYKWAN | Dec 6, 2005 7:01 AM
Let me guess, you borrowed the invisible rope from Wonder Woman. This invention makes absolutely no sense!! Next thing I know, I'll probably see a commercial on television for "Weightless-Weightlifting".

DixieWriter | Dec 6, 2005 7:00 AM
Gosh. Now on my workouts, I can alternate this with bladeless roller blades and a stickless pogo stick. Jolly good!

Brad Johnson | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
This has got to be... the most RETARDED thing ever... COME ON PEOPLE!!!

Tony | Dec 6, 2005 3:00 AM
If you spin them fast enough, can you travel back in time? (Do they have a Flux Capacitor inside them?)

ben | Dec 6, 2005 1:01 AM
finally people with some sense....

ChuckyFinster | Dec 6, 2005 1:01 AM
Those of you that actually think this is a great idea are a bunch of pansies.

MadKate | Dec 6, 2005 1:01 AM
This is a great idea! Now I can stop using my butt plugs for jump rope handles! How convenient...

Tracy | Dec 6, 2005 1:01 AM
Save yourself some money. Grab your cell phone in one hand and your TV remote in the other. Now jump.

garry | Dec 6, 2005 1:00 AM
hi daily do rope skiping in morning. and i feel i m geting many benefits from it.. tell me more benefits of it plz..

Madre | Dec 6, 2005 1:00 AM
Why can't people use there time to invent something really important... This is so useless...

Guy A. | Dec 6, 2005 7:02 AM
Wow! What a great idea! I thought of this several years ago, had a completed mechanical design by a group of speciallized engineers, but the idea never took off with investors. There were several similar patents back then, but mine was a little different... It's too bad that this great idea will probably never be fully realized.

ben | Dec 6, 2005 7:01 AM
*sigh* too much money....

Brian M. Watson | Dec 6, 2005 7:01 AM
I just checked my records on the NoTripSkip rope. I actually made the first prototype in November of 2005. My slogan was "The Skip Without the Trip". I thought it worked pretty well. I was pretty good at skipping a rope-included rope so I didn't need one for me.

Brian M. Watson | Dec 6, 2005 7:01 AM
I made one of these in 1996 and called it the "No-trip Skip". I sold a few back then but didn't patent it. I made mine out of an Everlast jumprope, cutting short pigtails on it, and used wiffle golf balls at the ends. I did a patent search on it back then and figured that it was probably patentable. I guess it was.

apreci8_1337hax0r | Dec 6, 2005 7:01 AM
Interesting idea, but I doubt that it's going to give you the same workout as an actual jump rope. As some have already mentioned, it's the rhythm when you jump over the rope that's important.

| Dec 6, 2005 7:01 AM
Oh these negative Nancies shouldn't be so negative unless they try it first! Not only would this be safe, you don't have to worry about 'where' you are using this!

Diane K. | Dec 6, 2005 7:01 AM
Sounds like a great idea! Safer than tripping on a rope! I'd give it a whirl!

| Dec 6, 2005 7:01 AM
Neat idea! How could this not be safe!!

Joey | Dec 6, 2005 7:01 AM
"everyone always ask why, when how is so much more fun." - The clown in the Spawn movie Does it actually make you feel like you're jumping rope? First, there's no sound for when it hits the floor. But more importantly, the mass of the ball or gear is what is supposed to provide the feeling. But the diagram shows the mass spinning perpendicular to the handle. This path is not the same path a rope takes from a real jump rope. I have a feeling that these would feel even less like jumping rope, then just pretending. Which would kind of defeat the purpose. I propose pointing the handles down and out like in an actual jump rope position and then attach the spinning mass verticaly. Also, you can work a track for the ball different from a circle. As you rope goes up behind you, your hands change positions slightly. Where the ball is, in relation to your hand, would bend the circular path a bit. And then find a way that you're holding the handles in the correct orrientation.

Ayodele | Dec 6, 2005 7:00 AM
Cut down a real jump rope so there is only three inches of cord on each side, and attach an mini flashing LED to each cord with epoxy. Jump while the lights are off. This would delight small children ( and fun-loving adults). Easily made for under $5.Patent pending. Looking for investors.

ben | Dec 6, 2005 7:00 AM
You people cannot be serious. This won't help with those who are physically limited. The rhythm from jump rope comes from the actual jump, not from where the hand position or weight is. So the unique benefit of skipping won't be aided for this device (footwork/co-ordination development). If you want the "feel" of skipping, get a skipping rope, get both handles in one hand and then swing it vertically (jumping on the bottom portion of the swing). You'll get the fitness benefits that skipping delivers, with the weight or feel you're looking for. If you just want fitness, do jumping jacks, tuck jumps Etc. As for inmates, I don't think they would enjoy being given a pair of handles. It is a sad, sad world where people would willingly pay for a ropeless skipping rope. Just typing that hurts my head. Some people have too much money.

Wendyrx | Dec 6, 2005 7:00 AM
Brilliant! This would be so perfect for people like my Dad.. 57 yrs old and terribly awkward.. with these though.. wow! what a great idea!

DELASHAWN | Dec 6, 2005 7:00 AM

DJ Vu | Dec 6, 2005 6:02 AM
This is brilliant. The rotation of weight coordinated with the jump is the what give s this exercise so much value for increase in cardio load and dexterity exercise. only now you don't have to pause every time you miss one tenth of a second on the rhythm.

Brendan | Dec 6, 2005 6:02 AM
What a great idea!

Fixed Gear | Dec 6, 2005 6:02 AM
This invention is certain to have a deep and lasting impact on the quality of lives for many generations to come. It clearly falls into the why-didn't-I-think-of-that? category.

lynn | Dec 6, 2005 6:02 AM
i'm a klutz that trips over the rope. looking forward to your handles, especially on my mini trampoline.

lynn | Dec 6, 2005 6:02 AM
i'm a klutz that trips over the rope. looking forward to your handles, especially on my mini trampoline.

C R. Donaldson | Dec 6, 2005 6:02 AM
Now that you have a cordless jumprope for the clumsy, how about a jumprope for the one handed person?

TC | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
I hear his next invention will be a cord-less bungie jump system. Hopefully he will be the first to test it.

TC | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Youíre kidding me right?!?! The patent office basically gave this guy 30 years to mass market a baby rattles and samba instruments!?! Hold on! Brazil just called they want their idea back!!!

Mike | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
I like the idea of only one handle. That way I can sit in my lounger with a Corona in the other hand while I virtually excersize. What a great way to not lose weight! Do you think I can buy it with moneyless money?

AlmstHvn | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Great Idea, I love it! I hope it makes it to store shelves!

Meadow | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
I was in prison and as silly as it sounds this would have been ideal.

Liz | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
One more thing (sorry) can no one count anymore, or are we just too lazy to do that too??? If that's the case you can just pay me and I will come over and count for you :)

Liz | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Are you kidding me??? To all the people who thought this was a great idea.....get real how hard is it to grab two of anything and pretend it's jump rob? Wow people will buy anything.

Andrew Bixby | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
why did this man steal an idea directly from the 80's; the pretend jump-roping dance! If you are too clumsy to use a jump rope I don't you would be more likely to buy this product. The whole fun in jump roping is that it is motivational and a challenge.

Cecilia | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Can I use it like maracas?

klinger | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
This is nothing short of a breakthrough! Iíve been inspired by this concept and am now playing football without a ball. Go ahead and laugh but my game has improved significantly.

M | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Great idea, for all the above reasons (physical therapy, apartment dwellers or other considerate people with roommates), and do like the idea of the counter. Someday I'd like to see it be able to tell the user when they would have stepped on the rope, so we can get all the benefits of practicing routines with none of the stumbling! GREAT IDEA. M

Anita | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Coming from someone who has an partial thickness ACL tear, this is great. I can do little jumps and not worry about tripping over the rope. I still get my excercise and I have more control over the impact on my knee. Hats off to you and may I say "Thank you for your "silly" invention." To those who have negative feedback, "You do not need to be so negative. No one says you have to buy it so don't waste your gripes on an idea that you didn't think of!

Scooterg | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Wow, I like this idea. I have a very small house and had to do away with a couple of pieces of furniture in order to get a treadmill. This is ideal in it won't hit the ceiling, furniture, the dogs or trip over it. Can't wait for it to hit the market, I wan't to be first in line. I have read articles that jumprope is one of the best exercises. Thank you for the invention

Eli | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Cant believe this guy got a pantent for this stupid idea. Why not just buy a regular jump rope for $1, cut the rope completely, and simulate jumping!...I wouldnt pay a dime for this. Kinda makes you wonder what this guy was on when "inventing" this rope less jump rope.

tatie | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Is this a joke? This isnt an innovative product, its not even new, and its definatly not worth my investment. So what exactly will the people be paying for?- the handels? Stop the madness! Perhaps some type of static electricity or magnetic field can be added, otherwise this is a bogus "invention".

David | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
We used to do this 20+ years ago with fake handles (or sometimes just air handles) when we couldn't find the jump rope or it was left in a car that we didn't have access to. Maybe I should patent my air handles.

Seriously? | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
I can't believe what I'm reading. This is a good idea? I am baffled. The whole point of jumping rope is to jump over a rope. The approaching rope provides motivation to jump and helps with coordination. Whether that is fun or stupid is irrelvant. Without the rope, there is just jumping up and down. Which, again, is fine. BUT WHY DO YOU NEED $20 HANDLES TO DO THIS? This is where my confusion sets in. Why not just jump up and down in your house? What do weighted handles add to this experience?

Joe Richards | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
GREAT IDEA! I like the counter(counting the # of times you jumped by computer) . It sounds like the new wave for future space travel.

Cheryl | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
WOW, I cant wait to try this ! Sign me up!!!!!!

Forsyth | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
For those who think it's silly or who think to just shorten the rope or whatever, you really aren't thinking of the disabled or those who don't do well and trip easily. Shortening the rope so it doesn't hit the ceiling is only going to make it worse. This is a brilliant idea and comes at a time when children are so sedentary hopefully they will get off their butts. I liked the laser rope idea, and if you could make it arc somehow.... This should take off in a big way.

Marie | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Jumping rope is not just jumping. The centrifugal force that is caused by the rope swinging around your body gives you an upper body workout especially in your shoulders and arms. I think the only way to see if this invention truly simulates this workout is to try it and I, for one, would certainly try it. There is certainly a market out there for it and for all of those naysayers, well, I guess they are not the market the invention is intended for so why many of you laugh he may just be eventually doing the same...all the way to the bank, that is. Best wishes to the inventor I say!

Jill | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
I think it's a great idea! When I was a teenager I would end up jumping rope in the garage when it snowed so that I wouldn't break anything in the house. And now that I'm a mommy of a 4 year old, she received a jumprope for her birthday but it was so frustrating for her ( and a little dangerous as I was afraid she'd wrap it around her neck) that I had to hide it until she gets a little older. I like the idea of including a counter in the handles. At first I thought this invention was silly but now I think it's brilliant. I would buy it if it was $10 or less, maybe up to $20, more than that and the garage will do. Perhaps it should have a laser-rope that beeps when you don't jump all the way over it!

kirsten utzon | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
the coolest rope ever!

Troy | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
A digital cordless rope would be even better. You could still have the weights, but the weights would count how many revolutions. It would also be cool if the Digital rope could time the revolutions with your jump and give you a count of successful and unsuccessful jumps. Then you could store your results on a PC via USB port and report on your progress in Excel. And what if it was Web Aware, where you could download songs or rhythms to jump too? It could use an SD card for downloadable content. (Just my 2 cents) :)

Brea | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
I just had surgery but when i recover i will buy by the way im 13 yrs.old and died 2x during this procedure on my back:) ttly bye!!

steve | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Bowflex offers weight-less weightlifting based on resistance. Even their dumbbells are weight-less. So I can see a market for these. I just hope he doesn't invent cordless bungee jumping.

rich | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
wow mike garret, maybe you shouldnt be doing anything if your going to trip over somthing without a cord. so now onto the real question, why is this stupid? think about a jump rope, do we really need a rope with 2 handles to hop up and down in the first place? it caught on, just as this will, so get over it.

| Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
wow mike garret, maybe you shouldnt be doing anything if your going to trip over somthing without a cord. so now onto the real question, why is this stupid? think about a jump rope, do we really need a rope with 2 handles to hop up and down in the first place? it caught on, just as this will, so get over it.

Brandy | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
It's ridiculous! But that's America for you!

Capt. Spastic | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
To all the people chiming in saying "neat" "great idea" etc... You ever hear a little thing called Jumping Jacks ( Basically the exact samething, only you aren't paying some moron's patent fee. Sheesh!!!

Erasmus | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Why do you need to hold something in your hand to be able to jump up and down?

D@M | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
What will they think of next? Oh I know! Dehydrated Water!

Beth | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
I think that this would probably be a trend setter among the rich only... c'mon... You have billions of people out there who live paycheck to paycheck (me being one of them. I'd rather "hop" and spend the money my money on GAS that I can barely afford, now! Why would anyone without any physical ailments need to hold something in order to hop?

Amy | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
It's a decent idea, but what gets me the most is that in the AP story, the guy has only built one handle because he doesn't have the money to build the other one. How much does it cost to put a weight in a handle??

Diane | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
I like the idea that someone had of including a counter - it would make this a valid tool for measuring the exercise rather than just a novelty.

Emily | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Looks like fun! | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
That is sooo crazy! But I suppose it will work just as well as anything. The key is to start working out, any way you want. That is the problem most people have. They think some new product will help them, but really it is mental.

T | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Jumping rope without the rope is hopping. If you need handles to hop, you probably shouldn't be hopping.

mt | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
If the price was right - and it would have to be - thousands of school kids could be using this in their classrooms and indoor gym - helping with the school fitness crisis! Maybe it would inspire them to come up with a few inventions of their own along the way!

Eric | Dec 6, 2005 6:01 AM
Laugh all you want but this is fantastic, I always sucked at jumping rope as a kid and still do as an adult. This would give me the feel of actually jumping rope, even though it wil be minus the sound of the rope hitting the floor every time.

Lynde | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 AM
Unusual yes; stupid no. I'm 49 y/o and have had 3 strokes. Coordination is still a problem so jump roping has been difficult. If using this "cordless" rope can help regain coordination enough to move on to the real thing... then I'd give it a try. So laugh all you want...

Barry | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 AM
Where can one buy the cordless jump rope

Norma Haugen | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 AM
Where can they be purchased and how much? I think the idea sounds great!!

Diane | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 AM
You can make fun of this all you want ... the inventor is going to make $$$$$$ ... wish I had thought of it.

Christina | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 AM
I don't think this is silly invention at all. I think it's a great idea! Especially if you could somehow have a light beam on it that would look like a jump rope. That way you could feel it and see it. I live in a condo and not only is the ceiling not high enough, but I wouldn't have room for the jump rope swinging in front of me or behind me. This item would be great for me!

Connie Hart | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 AM
I think it is a great idea. I live in an apartment complex and jumping rope inside is not a good idea with fear of hitting the ceiling above me with the rope. Without the rope there is no problem. I also agree with the person that said about putting a counter on it.

Patti | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 AM
I think this is a wonderful idea! It will be very useful in the medical field. Great for motor skill development without the risk of body trauma.

Ryan | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 AM
Ok. For those of you that want a pair of these because of injury or physical limitations simply buy a jump rope and cut it in half then trim to length as to not hit the floor with too much excess rope. You can also cut the rope in half then loop each half back up toward the handle and tie it there. You then get the same weight as if jumping a real rope and don't have to worry about low ceilings or the floor. Inmates may still hang themselves but I'm not overly concerned.

Jan | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 AM
It's a great idea, and if the inventor would add a counting device to it, I think it just might sell well. I was hit by a car two years ago, and my knee was badly broken and there's no way I can jump a rope for fear of tripping. But I loved jumprope before the accident, and if the weight in the handles gave a satisfactory "jumprope" feel, and one of the handles had a counter in it, I would buy it!

Phillip Leu | Dec 6, 2005 6:00 AM
I think it's a great idea, and I want to buy the first set when they're ready. I just love the idea..

Whittle | Dec 6, 2005 5:02 AM
Hey, I think it is a great idea. I don't jump rope anymore because of the chance of tripping. Now headphones with music would be a good after thought. You go, guy!

OBC | Dec 6, 2005 5:02 AM
I just finished virtually jumping with my virtual jumprope, but I went one better; I have virtual handles, too. Why do we need to be holding the handles if we aren't bothering to jump over an actual rope? I've got a "hands free model" available for anyone who wants to paypal me twenty bucks! Imagine all the things you could do with your free hands while jumping rope this way!

r | Dec 6, 2005 5:02 AM
I think its a great idea. goodluck!

Collin | Dec 6, 2005 5:02 AM
This idea is decent and simple is probably better, but I have a slight design change I would want to make. Why not have a weight attached to a rod which is connected to a small electronic counter in the handle. For those of us who are to lazy to jump over a real rope and also to lazy to count how many times we jump. Heck, throw in a speedometer while your at it.

AP Article | Dec 6, 2005 5:02 AM
Here's an AP article on the cordless jump rope. The article also mentions this website.

Beth | Dec 6, 2005 5:02 AM
I like the idea,good luck

Christina | Dec 6, 2005 5:02 AM
I keep reading how people think this is funny and even stupid, but I wanted to weigh in. I have a prosthetic leg and using a regular jump rope is extremely difficult for me. I would love to jump rope as exercise and have tried many different rope lenghts and sizes and nothing works that great. I think this is kind of a cool way to get people exercising and would help people with certain disabilities.

chris h | Dec 6, 2005 5:01 AM
A virtual rope would be cool. If the weights were mechanically synchronized (via a motor in each handle and a wireless connection) as well as synched with a pressure mat on the floor (to sense when you jumped and if you jumped in synch with the weights) then you could have a "virtual" jump rope that would let you know if you're jumping well or stumbling (without the stumble). You could even have a virtual jumper on TV synched to your jump rate.

Andy | Dec 5, 2005 8:02 PM
You know what amuses me most? The fact that the patent artist only drew one handle and copy-pasted it to indicate the pair. In the olden days the artist would have had to have drawn two whole handles.

Squall780 | Dec 5, 2005 8:01 PM
Mike, you're very right. And it's be an oxymoron: Ropless Jump Rope.

FinalCSI01 | Dec 5, 2005 8:01 PM
They look like distorted maracas.

anaglyph | Dec 5, 2005 7:01 PM
Wow. The possibilities are endless! The Hoopless Hula Hoop! The Yo-less YoYo (yeah - you say it's just a string...)!

EarthmanXoshaRosp | Dec 5, 2005 5:00 PM
This is hugely stupid - even if you get the jumping and arm waving right - its the rhythm of jumping OVER the rope that's important - this barely has any use.

Tampa Tom | Dec 5, 2005 4:01 PM
Great! Fitness for inmates! You never have to worry about getting flabby while on suicide watch! :D

stimpson | Dec 5, 2005 3:01 PM
wowsers! NOW you can stand still while using a jumprope.................. or sit in a chair. Fitness-patatoe alert.

eeb | Dec 5, 2005 2:00 PM
I like it.

Mike Garrett | Dec 5, 2005 11:02 AM
O.K., I get it, the weighted handels simulate the rope, etc. . But come on what else has this guy designed? I'm thinking...oh, lemmee about a nice subterranean helicopter, or uhm, zero gee scales, or maybe an underwater outhouse? Who would buy a ropeless jumprope? It would be embarrasing, and I'd probably still trip

skeeter | Dec 5, 2005 11:01 AM
Very cool!

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